Phoenix: Bear Mountain Trail

This rugged 4.6-mile hike climbs 1,800 feet and delivers excellent vistas over the Red Rock/Secret Mountain Wilderness and the Verde Valley.
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This rugged 4.6-mile hike climbs 1,800 feet and delivers excellent vistas over the Red Rock/Secret Mountain Wilderness and the Verde Valley.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.8

Waypoints

BMT001

Location: 34.8937568664551, -111.865379333496

Trailhead by rusted sign at edge of parking area

BMT002

Location: 34.8943672180176, -111.86580657959

Cross three deep washes in a row

BMT003

Location: 34.8970108032227, -111.868095397949

Trail grows rocky; carefully follow cairns

BMT004

Location: 34.8981781005859, -111.868019104004

Shallow cave offers shelter from monsoon rains

BMT005

Location: 34.8992767333984, -111.869110107422

Trail levels out on a narrow plateau; views of meadow below and mountain ahead

BMT006

Location: 34.9028587341309, -111.872665405273

Steep climb up cliff face

BMT007

Location: 34.9033279418945, -111.874900817871

Stunning view of Sedona, Mingus Mountain, the Mogollon Rim and the Verde Valley

BMT008

Location: 34.9064521789551, -111.876052856445

Optional detour: L @ double cairn to climb to top of bald knob

BMT009

Location: 34.9121246337891, -111.878318786621

Trail ascends bare slickrock slope to another false summit

BMT010

Location: 34.9132995605469, -111.880264282227

Trail briefly levels out before continuing up final rise

BMT011

Location: 34.914623260498, -111.883186340332

Cairn marks high point of hike; magnificent view of San Francisco Peaks to the N; return to car